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Spartans rally again for win against Penn State

Spartans rally again for win against Penn State

And, as always, anyone can listen to Jeff Byers' play by play online at gopsusports.com or on air in the State College area on WRSC 1390, starting at 7:40 p.m.

But the Breslin Center against this batch of Spartans will be a different animal.

TV/radio: Big Ten Network, WJR-AM (760). And it did not go well. This is easily the Nittany Lions' toughest test of the season, but a Penn State win is not as unrealistic as some may think. Bridges, in his second game back after missing seven contests with an ankle injury, managed just four points on 2 of 8 shooting.

The Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland. And it was of the Spartans' most complete games of the season.

We spoke with Michigan State beat writer Casey Harrison to get a good idea of what to expect from the Spartans. Teams have been doubling Ward in the post as of late to stop him from getting easy baskets, but he's done a good job adjusting and finding the open man. Penn State could try to double Ward like they did against Ethan Happ during the Wisconsin game, but they have to make sure they are rotating correctly and don't give up wide-open looks at the rim or in the corner.

Joshua Langford made two free throws to seal the victory and finished with 14 points.

Seventh-year coach Pat Chambers returned a large nucleus of talent, but Penn State has been up and down this season. Stevens was his only teammate in double figures. MORE ON PAGE 4 // These two teams will meet twice this season, on January 31 in Columbus and them on February 25 in University Park, Pa.in Penn State's 12th annual Play4Kay Game benefiting Pink Zone. Carr and Stevens each scored 16 in the Big Ten tournament loss, going a combined 10-for-33 after making 12-of-22 in the first game with MSU.

Eddy Polanco scored 11 points, James Currington added 10, and Marlain Veal had five assists for the Lions (13-10, 7-3), who entered tied for second place with Nicholls. Actually, it will be Mike Watkins who averages a double-double and is severely underrated as a rebounder and shot-blocker. On Friday, to set the MSU single-season record for blocked shots.

On the season, Michigan State basketball averages 84.4 points, 42.2 rebounds and 20.5 assists per game.

MSU has just three more remaining at home, against No. 3 Purdue on February 10 and against IL on February 20. The Nittany Lions have been playing well lately, even taking down Ohio State last week in Columbus.

Despite a dicey last minute where MSU struggled against the press, the Spartans cruised to a 76-68 victory, after a second half offensive showing that was lightyears better than the first half, for the second straight game. Download our Spartans Xtra app for free on Apple and Android devices!

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